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In September 2013, chief nuclear officers (CNOs) representing companies that operate U.S. commercial nuclear energy facilities spent a week in Japan, where they engaged in dialogue with their Japanese colleagues and toured Tokyo Electric Power Co.s Fukushima Daiichi and Daini sites. Twenty-three CNOs toured the facilities, met with the Japan Nuclear Safety Institute and held a day-long exchange with CNOs representing all the nuclear electric utilities in Japan.

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  • 1.U.S. Chief Nuclear Officers Historic Visit to Japan September 9-13, 2013

2. Chief Nuclear Officers from U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Participated in a Historic Exchange 3. Objectives See firsthand the consequences of the Fukushima accident, and interact with Japanese CNO counterparts Gain in-depth understanding of strategies that allowed some reactors to withstand the earthquake/tsunami while others did not Convey to Japanese CNOs the benefits U.S. industry has gained by working collaboratively to improve nuclear safety culture Enable each U.S. CNO the opportunity to prepare a personal message for his/her organization reflecting the Fukushima experience Establish an ongoing dialogue with Japanese industry 4. Overview Tour Fukushima Daiichi Tour Fukushima Daini Dialogue with Fukushima operators and managers on shift on 3/11/11 Dialogue with Japanese CNOs 5. Memorable Event, Unforgettable Images March 11, 2011: Magnitude 9 earthquake occurs off East coast of Japan triggering multiple tsunamis, some approaching 50 feet in height, that overtake Daiichi, Daini sites Communities around Daiichi devastated by earthquake and tsunami; restricted due to radiological release Today, 12 miles of Japanese land is restricted. Daiichi decommissioning is a 40-year project 6. Fukushima Daiichi 4 7. Fukushima Daiichi Exclusion Zone 8. Contaminated Soil Disposition 9. CNOs at Fukushima Daiichi 10. Lessons Learned for U.S. Industry Leadership in a crisis, coupled with the trust and dedication of a well-trained staff, can determine the ultimate outcome of a crisis Understanding roles and responsibilities, especially in the areas of command and control and communications, is essential TEPCOs analysis: [Daiichi] personnel were overwhelmed with handling reports and responding to outside inquiries, including those from the head office The situation did not allow them to concentrate on their duties. 11. Lessons Learned for U.S. Industry Daini staff laid more than 6 miles of cable to maintain power to vital safety systems and safely shut down all reactors - Without established procedure or pre-staged equipment - Despite multiple severe aftershocks and additional tsunami threats - Often in total darkness The Daini story of recovery has not been widely communicated. Hundreds of Daini personnel remained on site around the clock for a month following the devastation. They saved their site and are heroes 12. Lessons Learned for U.S. Industry A well-conceived FLEX strategy works. The strategy developed by U.S. operators is sound FLEX strategies must be effectively drilled across every operating crew and emergency response team Spent fuel storage pools are robust. All pools at Daiichi and Daini have no problematic leakage 13. Lessons Learned for U.S. Industry U.S. CNO teamwork and collaboration is a strength of our industry. APS Randy Edington: I have every U.S. CNO on my speed dial 14. U.S. CNO Commitments We are our sites first safety officers We are collaborators We are one anothers biggest critics We are accountable to our industry starting with commitment and accountability to one another